Many people wish that they could travel more. Life seems to get in the way and before you know it you have home loans and jobs and family commitments to take care of.
When you graduate college, you are finding yourself in the best time to travel the world. You’re old enough to be independent but you don’t yet have all of the other commitments.
Traveling the world isn’t cheap, even if you are planning to do it on a shoestring budget. Here are three ways to make it happen.
Plan in advance
Though you might dream of wandering, care-free around the world, there are certain things you need to do before you go. Planning your route in advance can help you to work out costs, visa requirements, and travel options. If you really like a certain place, you could end up staying longer or even wanting to move there indefinitely. If this is the case, you’re going to need to get advice on visas and a guide to naturalization in order to make the process as smooth as possible.
Save up during college
By getting a part-time job while you’re studying, you’ll be able to put money aside into a travel fund. You could work in a store, as a delivery driver, or by starting your own side-hustle to make some extra cash.
This way requires a lot of planning and discipline as it’s not easy to resist the urge to spend your money.
There are a number of great organizations that run projects all over the world. These companies need volunteers. In exchange for flights and accommodation, you will be expected to work on on a number of projects and good causes. In addition to being able to see the world, you’ll pick up important skills and make friends for life.
Work your way around the world
Many countries rely on migrant labor in certain industries. If you’re prepared to work, you can self fund your way around. Just be sure to only contact reputable recruitment agencies in the countries you are visiting so that you are protected by any relevant labor laws and other legal requirements.
The jobs are usually manual labor or service jobs with low pay rates but every year thousands of people fund their travels in this way.
Become a digital nomad
If you have certain skills, you can look into working remotely as you travel. Digital nomads, as they are known, simply need a laptop and internet connection to do their jobs. Depending on where you’re traveling, your income can go much further. Particular skills that lend themselves to working abroad include programming, graphic design, writing, and teaching English as a foreign language.
Another advantage of this career/lifestyle is that your clients can be based anywhere in the world.
Traveling after college really is a lifechanging experience. Not only will it give you a new level of independence, but you’ll be able to learn about the world, its cultures, and give yourself a new perspective on life.